Best way to disclose pregnancy early in the interview process
August 12, 2014 11:36 PM Subscribe
I am interviewing for a job I am very interested in, but do not need. At the same time, I'm early in a pregnancy and want to tell the hiring manager about it. What is the best way to position my pregnancy and expected leave proactively and positively?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (12 answers total)
I have a secure full time job with generous maternity leave benefits. I just told my current workplace that I am pregnant and will be on leave in early 2015.
The new job is with a company I formerly worked for and have a good relationship with. The hiring manager is a former manager of mine who I like and respect a great deal. Though it is very early in the interview process I have been told I am a serious and preferred candidate. My motivation to disclose the pregnancy now is that it will soon be obvious and given my extensive personal relationships at this company people will find out. I also do not want to cause the hiring manager any issues and want to be open and honest throughout the process. Finally, if I do receive an offer I want to discuss maternity leave and benefits with HR since I will not be covered under FMLA since I will be between 4-6 months pregnant when I start the job.
My experience with the company is that they are family friendly and unlikely to have an issue with pregnancy and leave. Others have been promoted during maternity leave, etc.
I am the primary breadwinner and there is zero chance I will not come back after maternity leave.
This is my second child and I know the drill in terms of working with a small child. I am prepared for the hard work and my family is set up to support it.
I am extremely healthy with plenty of energy. I worked on major projects during my last pregnancy and expect to maintain high performance during this pregnancy as well (though certainly you never know how it will progress)
As my potential future manager what would you want to hear?
Please focus on how I communicate this information, not whether to tell. I understand the downsides of disclosure but have decided this is important to reveal now for the reasons above.